CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper was out of the Philadelphia Phillies lineup for Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros, one day after sustaining a bruised right ankle when hit by a pitch.
Manager Gabe Kapler says he has no concerns about Harper being ready for opening day on March 28 against the Atlanta Braves. X-rays were negative and Harper is listed as day to day.
Harper was struck by a 96-mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning of Friday’s game.
The slugging outfielder clutched his ankle and stayed on the ground for a few moments. Harper was checked by a trainer, limped toward the dugout with assistance and hobbled toward the clubhouse.
Harper was recently signed to a record $330 million, 13-year contract. He was playing his fourth exhibition. He’s 0 for 5 in 10 plate appearances.
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